Peshawar: Woman imprisoned for 7 years over involvement in pension scam
PESHAWAR: The Accountability Court on Wednesday sentenced Nuzhat Begum, a former General Post Office (GPO) Peshawar pension payment clerk, to seven-year of imprisonment due to her involvement in a pension scam. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 14 million on her.
Accountability Court Judge Subhan Sher also ordered the confiscation of all her assets that had been acquired illegally through a misuse of authority and embezzlement in pension payments disbursed through GPO Peshawar.
Embezzlement The statement issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that Nuzhat, who hailed from a humble family of Mardan district, acquired property and assets worth millions of rupees through illegal means, while working in family pension section of the GPO.
The NAB officials said a case against Nuzhat was registered after the bureau received some complaints regarding the involvement of GPO employees in pension frauds and about their affluent lifestyle. After receiving several complaints, they said, the NAB NWFP took cognisance of these illicit acts and accumulation of illegal assets and arrested several GPO employees found to have been involved in the pension scam.
The NAB arrested Nuzhat on October 11, 2005. According to a NAB statement, detailed investigation unearthed a big pension scam at the Peshawar GPO. During investigations, it was revealed that pension payments were being drawn from the GPO against ghost pensioners. GPO officials were using fake entries and duplication in payments to genuine pensioners. The NAB officials said the scam had been causing great losses to the government exchequer for many years. A total of four references have been filed in the Accountability Court Peshawar against GPO officials for causing a loss of Rs 125 million to the exchequer. Nuzhat is a co-accused in two of the four references that were under trial in the court.